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Chord Voicings and Construction

Mark delves deeper into chord construction and alternate chord voicings.

Taught by Mark Lincoln in Basic Guitar with Mark Lincoln seriesLength: 13:36Difficulty: 2.0 of 5
Chapter 1: (02:44) Review and Introduction Review
Warm-up the hands.
- Stretch the wrists.
- Play the major and minor open chords.
- Warm up your strumming muscles by relaxing the wrists and letting the pick flow over the strings.
- Play the E major chord in the "new" way and play the type 1 barre chords.
- Play the A major chord in the "new" way and play the type 2 barre chords.
- Practice the "slanting A" technique.
- Practice the type 1 minor barre chords.
- Practice the type 2 minor barre chords.
- Play all of the type 1 mini-barre chords.
- Play all of the type 2 mini-barre chords.
- Review and Practice New Techniques

Ready?

We've been talking a lot about chords, fretting chords at different positions, and the general liquification of chords. What does this mean to you? To me it means flexibility of movement, structure, and placement. It means moving from one type or position of a particular chord to another. It means thinking as well as moving in a flexible manner. This weeks lesson will show you how cool and complex the guitar truly is while displaying an intrinsic order and genius to it. It will also show you that there are many different ways to play each chord and each sounds slightly different. Watch!
Chapter 2: (05:48) Four Steps This exercise is called "four steps" and is a means of playing the same chord four times in four different positions with an indicator of where to go next built into each chord! Let's start with a type 1 barre chord. How about an F chord? Alrighty then!

Here is your standard every day F major chord at the first fret:

F Major
E_1_
B_1_
G_2_
D_3_
A_3_
E_1_

This is a Type 1 barre chord as you might remember from earlier in the series. Pretty simple right? Pay attention to where your pinky is placed in this chord as it is the start point for where the next chord will fall. Now take a look at the next chord in the series:

F Major (3)
E_X_
B_6_
G_5_
D_3_
A_X_
E_5_

Use the location of the pinky in the first F chord as a point of orientation. Place your first finger on the D-string third fret, your third finger on the G-string fifth fret, your pinky on the B-string sixth fret, and your middle finger on the low E-string fifth fret. Feel the burn? Yes, this is a four fret reach, but I think you all are ready for it. This is also an F chord. It sounds a little different from the first F, doesn't it? Notice the notes on the fifth and sixth frets. These are the starting points for the next chord. Here's the next chord in the series:

F Major (5)
E_X_
B_6_
G_5_
D_7_
A_8_
E_X_

Using the points where your third and pinky fingers were in the last chord, place your first finger on the G-string fifth fret, your middle finger on the B-string sixth fret, your third finger on the D-string seventh fret, and your pinky on the A-string eighth fret. How are you doing so far? If you need to take a breather, then do so and come back to this. This type of material can be kind of a brain teaser. Also, keep in mind that as I mentioned earlier in the series, with some of these chords you shouldn't be strum all six of the strings. This is the case with the last two chords. If you are hearing something very dissonant, you might be strumming strings that you shouldn't be. The high E-string should not be strummed in the last two chords. Are you ready for the final chord in this exercise? Alright here we go!

F Major (8)
E_8_
B_10_
G_10_
D_10_
A_8_
E_X_

Yes, sure enough, we are playing a type 2 barre chord for F major. We've moved from a type 1 barre chord F major on the first fret to a type 2 F major on the eighth. Pretty cool, huh? Take some time and go back through the steps and watch me in the video for more insight on how to do this smoothly.
Chapter 3: (02:31) Chord Construction Chord Construction

In this scene, Mark discusses how chords are constructed. This will allow you to build your own chords in different voicings around the fretboard.

Watch as Mark demonstrates this for you.

Take some time to build your own chords and play them around the neck. This will help create liquidity in your playing.
Chapter 4: (02:34) Chord Construction Continued Chord Construction

In this scene, Mark demonstrates three separate voicings of the A chord.

Like the previous scene, take note of how Mark constructs each chord. Try out this process on the fretboard for yourself.

Once you've spent some time constructing a few chords, go back and practice the "D to D in Six Steps" method that Mark taught in the previous lesson.

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mholleboommholleboom replied

In the last chord voicing I hear high F in the melody instead of A. How is that possible? :)

Gibby23Gibby23 replied

The video is locking up again! Only volume!

aquiguillermoaquiguillermo replied

Done !! Great !!! Saludos primo.

nole27nole27 replied

I can't make the barre F chord high up on the neck.

nole27nole27 replied

Oh nvm I got it lol. I didn't realize that it's OK to just press down on the A string with your first finger and bar DGB and then just not strum high E. Actually thinking about it I think that was what this lesson was all about.

ElaineHElaineH replied

Wow, that was the hardest lesson so far, at least for me. It takes me some finger gymnastics to get those stretches. Great sounds, great lesson, but tough!

tomhankintomhankin replied

and this works with all type 1 bar chords so say I'm playing A on fifth fret using little finger as guide can construct an A chord on 7th and then 9th wow so cool me like this one. all good as usual

brandtjbrandtj replied

This lesson was pretty difficult. It takes me a bit of time to swith between the different voicings, but I love a challenge. Great lesson, Mark.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Brandt I'm glad you're up for a challenge man that's a good sign! ML

rositzkerositzke replied

marK: The tablature for the various F chord positions doesnt seem to jive with excercise one, although I notice one of the chords in excercise one is called "Fa" is that why?

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Sometimes the tabs are slightly off and most likely Fa is a typo,I'm not sure what an Fa is to be honest! Mark

lincstar182lincstar182 replied

It's not Fa. It's F/A. The /A was discussed briefly in a previous lesson and means the lowest sounding note played is not the root of the chord (an F). In this case it is an A instead of F, hence F/A.

paladinxpaladinx replied

LOL, I'm from Brazil... and that was weird, sounded like Mark was actually talking to me, wtf.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

I was talking to you Paladin! Mark

patsendpatsend replied

Aargh

YucatanEdYucatanEd replied

Hey Mark, now that I'm nearing the end of your beginner series, I wanted to go back and review this technique. It had always intrigued me that you could find different voicings of the same chord in other areas around the neck. I've reviewed this a few times, but I think I'll always keep coming back to this. It's a good skill to know. Thanks again!

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

It's true Ed and all of it is simply based on finding the same combination of notes in different areas of the fingerboard, right? Great to hear from you bro! Trivia?

paulkpaulk replied

Wow mark so many lessons - this is the toughets yet - especially the F chords. I am going to have to keep coming back to it . Cheers, Paul

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Keep working it Paul, you will get it my friend! Mark

alshyalshy replied

this has made a real inpact on my playing mark, with the different varatiaons the chords are great thanx once again, looking forward to the next. trying to remember it all !!!!!!!!!good work

tominaltominal replied

Great lessons. It might help people if they know that two of those weird chords come from the basic C shape and the basic D shape.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Tom thanks for the input. I was always appreciate positive feedback that helps me to improve my lessons. Thanks! Mark

shaunrshaunr replied

Mark, I've done all of your lesson with varying degrees of success but because of the finger glue exercise I have been concentrating on trying to make sure that all my fingers take up position on the fret board instantaneously. However in reviewing this lesson again I notice that when you move up the chords your fingers sort of trail and don't all hit the fret board at the same time. Can you find some way to explain how this is ok? My practice has got really hung up on this aspect of chord finger placement. Cheers, your lessons are excellent and I'm really coming along well.

Mark.LincolnMark.Lincoln replied

Hey Shaun, sometimes when making difficult chord changes you may find yourself trailing behind a little and although I wouldn't dare so "it's okay", the way you can control the quality of your sound is within the strum. If you aren't strumming the strings that are not being held down yet then it's not as important. Obviously, you'll want to nail those chords if you can! But if you are lagging behind a little (like I was a little in the video) work your way slowly into the strumming until all of your fingers are in place. Thanks for keeping on top of things! Mark

chard99chard99 replied

Jeez , that was torture.

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About Mark Lincoln View Full Biography Mark Lincoln was born in S. California but was raised near Portland Oregon in a town called Beaverton. When he was twelve years old, he began his journey into the realm of the creative by composing poetry and was later published in a journal called "In Dappled Sunlight." He wrote for four years until his older sister blessed him with his first guitar, an old beat-up nylon stringed classical guitar. Mark played that guitar for five years, continuing to compose his own lyrics and starting the process of matching his own words with chords that he was learning on the guitar. He learned to play chords from his friends and from music books that he both bought and borrowed. Mark cited his four biggest influences, at that point at least, as The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Rolling Stones.

Mark cites his most current influences as Radiohead, U2, older music by REM, and Peter Gabriel amongst others. He performs with two acoustic guitars, one being a six-string M-36 Martin with a three-pieced back for increased bass response, and a Guild Twelve-string which is his most recent acquisition. Mark is fond of saying that the twelve-string guitar is better because you get two guitars for the price of one, but he still plays his Martin equally as much and with the same passion.

Mark ended up in Fort Collins Colorado where he currently lives, works as a Marriage and Family Therapist, and continues to write, teach and perform music. He currently performs with a group called "Black Nelson" as well as with a number of other seasoned professional musicians including his cousin David, a virtuoso lead-guitar player. Mark has performed in many of the smaller venues in Denver and Boulder, as well as some of the larger ones including the Fox Theatre, The Boulder Theatre, Herman's Hideaway, and also at The Soiled Dove where he opened for Jefferson Starship as a soloist. Some of Mark's originals are also available for your listening pleasure on MySpace.

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